Not quite breaking news but just news that when published in 2006, received so much protest from the Muslim community in Singapore.
About a month or two ago, this was debated again, online, amongst my circle of friends and thus, I decided to send an email to seek clarification and confirmation on this fatwa.
Before that, I had always known that Smoking was, Makhruh (Best not to do, but when you do it, you do not inherit any good deeds nor sins). But to have a fatwa to state that Smoking is now Haram (prohibited), I’m quite sure it would be difficult to be accepted by the Muslim community.
I’m just thinking how the Muslim community during the time of Prophet Muhammad had reacted when told by God that drinking wine, which was previously permitted, was made prohibited, overnight.
How did they cope with the sudden change?
Did the Prophet and his friends decided to protest, complain or simply submit to God’s new command.
But certainly, that was God’s words but Fatwa is not.
At best, it is simply based on a deep research and understanding by Islamic scholars using the Quran and Hadith.
Besides, the oldest institution in the world and the most respected Islamic institution in the world, Al-Azhar University has also issued a Fatwa of the same degree, ‘Smoking is Haram’.
Now, I’m very curious.
Would Muslim owned businesses stop selling cigarettes now that cigarettes would perhaps be in the same category as alcohol?
Anyone who sells, delivers or purchases for another is in cahoots with the one committing the act of Smoking.
This is interesting and if I became an enemy of the state for this (loss in taxes for the Republic), I don’t think I should worry because I am doing what a Muslim should do – Spread The Love Yaw!
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